The FBI apparently didn’t deem it necessary to mention radical Islam as a current domestic threat in its latest national threat assessment.
However, the unclassified report labels anti-government militia groups, white supremacy extremists, black separatists, pro-abortion activists and other groups as potential domestic threats.
The FBI’s 2013 National Threat Assessment for Domestic Extremism, first flagged by the Washington Free Beacon, is already facing criticism following its August 13, 2014, release. Critics are pointing to the Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting as recent examples of acts of domestic terrorism carried out by radical Islamists.
People react as an explosion goes off near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions went off at the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. Credit: AP
Just this week, it was reported that Maj. Nidal Hasan, found guilty in the Fort Hood shooting, wrote a chilling letter to an Islamic State leader, asking to be made an official "citizen" of the Islamic caliphate.
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A copy of the unclassified, 60-page National Threat Assessment for Domestic Extremism, dated Aug. 14, was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. It warns that the threat of domestic-origin extremism was moderate in 2013 and will remain so for this year.
“Domestic extremists collectively presented a medium-level threat to the United States in 2013; the FBI assesses the 2014 threat will remain close to this level,” the report said.
On black separatists, the report warned that “high-profile racially charged crimes or events” could lead to an expansion of black separatist groups. The report identified three such groups as the New Black Panther Party, the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ, and the Black Hebrew Israelite group as extremists under FBI scrutiny.
Though an FBI spokesman declined to comment on the report, it is possible that radical Islam may be lumped into the so-called “other” category of domestic terror threats.
“The ‘Other’ category includes domestic extremist [sic] whose actions were motivated by beliefs which fall outside the eight designated [domestic terrorism] subprograms,” a footnote found in the threat assessment supposedly reads.
The FBI assessment does not reference the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured hundreds, or the deadly Fort Hood shooting that left 13 people dead and more than 30 injured, according to the report. Both attacks were committed by suspects with radical Islamic beliefs.
Read the Washington Free Beacon’s full report here.